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Police Says Adultery Is Not A Crime

Speaking at the weekly press conference in Naguru on Monday, Uganda Police Force Spokesperson Afande Fred Enanga came out to say that one having sexual intercourse with a married person inls not a crime in Uganda and thus Police does not expect to receive such cases for investigation.

“If a man takes your woman to a lodge or somewhere else and they have fun for a day or two but less than a week, there is no offense there,” Enanga said.

He added that it is only if one goes past a week that an investigation can be put in to find a missing person.

The adultery issue came to spotlight when a TV presenter known as MC Casmir was caught on camera and later forced to confess and apologize for sleeping with someone’s wife.

Police says the investigators who turned the area into a crime scene were arrested.

The Constitutional Court scrapped adultery from the Penal Code this week with court saying section 154 of the Penal Code Act which criminalized adultery was unconstitutional since it treated women and men differently.

The Court also nullified several sections of the Succession act which dealt with property for widows, guardianship of children and domicile upon marriage.

The Judges added that the laws treated woman as second class citizens and were therefore inconsistent with the Constitution.

The adultery law prescribed different penalties and remedies for men and women. It pre-supposed that only married men could be aggrieved in case of adultery.

An aggrieved husband was compensated with Shs 600 which later rise to Shs 1200 but an aggrieved wife for nothing.

Also the wives now do not have to cite differe t grounds to seek divorce. Previously wives had to prove cruelty and desertion in addition to adultery to secure a divorce while husbands only had to prove adultery.

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